Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil

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After all the hype I wanted to give this product a serious go before giving it a review. I have now had this product for over a month and have been using it solidly at work. So here are my thoughts on this raved about product!

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Positives:
There are many positives about this product, for starters that you need very little to cover your lips. Remember that this is an oil product, so it is thicker than your normal lip balm, which I have found that I prefer for work as I am less inclined to bite my lips. While using this I have found that my lips have never really flaked or dried out as they used to.
The scent is not strong and after a few moments I completely forget that this even had a scent to begin with. I have found that there is no shade to this, so wearing this all day everyday isn’t a problem. The packaging on this is amazing, I have dropped it many times on concrete and there isn’t even a ding in it.
The doe foot applicator is soooo soft and thankfully has stayed that way throughout its use. It is a big doe foot, which did take a little bit to get used to, but I think I prefer it this way as its so much easier and quicker to apply.

Negatives:
I have found that I talk and joke around a lot of work, meaning this wears off pretty quickly. Because of this I normally have to re-apply 2-3 times in an 8 hour work day and sometimes I am pushing it out until I feel uncomfortable before reapplying. While there is a lot of product, I feel like I am powering through this pretty well, which is a bit upsetting considering how much these cost.
Thankfully I had a gift card and 10% off when I bought mine and I am really glad that I did that. One problem I had was deciding which one I wanted, I didn’t really want any of the scents that they have available and only really settled for Mint because I knew it would bother me the least. Ideally a bigger shade/ scent range would be available.

Overall I enjoy this product and I am glad that I have it with me while working. I do think how quickly I am going through it does affect my opinion on it a lot as I am unsure if I want to get another one when I finish this one. That being said, that might change when I actually finish it up and see how long it has lasted.

Let me know your experience with the Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil!

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Recent Favourites – 1

Hey Everyone,

I’m sorry its been a while since my last post, but I am going to be changing my posting schedule to Sundays! I work a Monday-Friday job and so changing the day of posting hopefully means I will have more time to dedicate to my blog. Rather then trying to get something posted on a Wednesday.

Onto the post! I have found that I am not a huge fan (for myself) to make monthly favourite posts, so instead I am just going to wait until I have a few things I just HAVE to share with you before making a post!

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These are the items that I have been loving recently! A bit if a mix of items which is always refreshing.

Essence I ❤ Extreme
I picked this up because I had been recommended it by a friend! I am not a fan of using this on the top lashes, as I feel it doesn’t do much for my lashes. On my lower lashes though I love it! The brush has short bristles making it easy to get all of my lashes and give them an even coat. I have had no problems with transferring on my lower lashes so its a winner in my books!

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea
I picked this up as apart of my last Mecca order because I was in serious need of a new toner and I forget how cheap Mario Badescu actually is! So I picked up this bad boy and I have no regrets. I think I am forever converted to this bad boy. At the start I had a little trouble with the spritzer but it seems to have worked itself out and now works perfectly. The spritz gets all of my face and a bit of my neck easily which I am thankful for as it means this product will last me a long time.

Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil
After all the hype from friends I had to get this and I am so glad that I did. I use this at work and my lips are loving it! I am worried I am going through it a little too quickly but either way I am glad that I have this. The doefoot applicator is still in good condition, which is something I was worried about. I have also dropped this many times and it hasn’t smashed so that is also a win. Wearing this oil has also stopped me from biting my lips so much. So overall, a good product and I am so glad that I have it.

Travellers Notebook Cover – Harry Potter Style (Created by Paper Flower Design as a custom cover)
I AM SO IN LOVE. I got this custom cover made for my LT 1917 Bullet Journal and it is perfect and just what I wanted. On the back is the Hufflepuff crest because I am a proud Hufflepuff! For those curious, this is also the same size as the Hobonichi Techo Cousin and the cover has been designed the same way that they are. The notebook slips into pockets on either cover meaning that the cover is easily interchangeable with notebooks of the same size. I have wiggle room in this cover which is awesome! So if my next Bujo gets really junkie it wont really matter. If you want to see more of whats inside either my Bujo or more of the cover in the future, check out my planner Instagram: Casually Planning

These are the things that I have been loving recently! Let me know what you have been loving or if there is anything you want a more in-depth review on.

Let me know what you think about the schedule change as well.

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18 before 2018 – Update 2

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It’s been a long while since I updated my progress on my Project Pan. Sadly, I do not have much to report, and that is simply because I have not been wearing makeup, let alone the ones I was targeting.

Recently I have been feeling very flat and that is why I do not have any progress photos. I have made progress on some products though! Through work I have still been working on my lip balm collection and recently finished another Maybelline Baby lips. I have also been working on some of my nude lipsticks as I apply them when I leave for work in the morning.

I honestly feel that at the end of this year, some of these products I am just going to remove from my collection, I don’t use them or need them so why should I have them?

Hopefully as my mental health improves so does my enthusiasm in doing full-face of makeup! I do miss playing with makeup so I think that is a start, which I’m thankful for.

How have you been progressing with your project pans?

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Shisedo x Sailor Moon

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Before leaving for Japan, I had heard about this collaboration and so made sure to keep an eye out for it. I also just wanted to pick up more Sailor Moon themed makeup in general.

Luckily enough, I found the collection, and even better I got to purchase it duty free! Because I got it duty free though, I have only recently been able to open these up and touch everything.

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First up in the Skin Sensor, now, I will be honest, I’m pretty sure that this is a primer of some kind, I can’t read foundation anywhere on the packaging, and even then the product is very thin and doesn’t provide any coverage. I will be interested to try this out because it felt amazing on the back of my hand. There is a scent but it is subtle and not offensive at all.

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Ah, my favourite piece of the collaboration, I mean look at that beautiful packaging! I cannot begin to describe how thankful I am that I found this collection and picked it up! Inside is a powder that I think will be a little too dark for me (there were only two shades to pick from) but that is ok. Once summer comes around I should be able to use it. You can’t see it in this photo, and I tried photographing it but, on the mirrored section there is pink writing that reminds owners that this indeed a part of the Sailor Moon collection and I am glad they included that. The compact is sturdy and the mirror in the lid is amazing, I am torn between wanting to take it with me everything and leaving it at home so it never gets damaged.

If you get the chance to get this collection and you are a huge Sailor Moon Fan I say do it! I have no regrets and I am so thankful that I was there and had the chance to bring these products home with me.

I will keep you updated when I finally get the chance to try the primer!

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LUSH Soaps – A new experiment

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I want to start off first by saying this by no means was my own idea! I came across this, like all great ideas, while browsing the internet. But I loved it so much that I had to do it myself and I thought I would share the idea with you as well!

Personally, I know there I times where I feel like I am just blasting through my LUSH soaps, which honestly discourages me from purchasing them, as they can get expensive. The idea I came across was the cut the blocks into smaller pieces, which hopefully means I can get more uses out of the block. But also means I can change the scent regularly, which I think is a nice bonus. Whether the soaps do last longer or not I will let you know down the track, as I have currently listened these soaps in my Buying and Finishing Products 2017 spread, but I am going to mark down the date I cut these as I plan to use them right away!

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Cutting up the blocks was a lot easier then I expected, but that could be because it was a warm day, and the red soap in particular, cut like butter (which was actually a little scary, considering I was using a butchers knife). I don’t have a specific knife in mind to recommend, but I would suggest using an older one that maybe doesn’t get as much love in the kitchen. I know its soap and you can just wash it off, but it still just seems weird to me to use the same knife that you would then cook with!

I cut up all my pieces in various shapes and sizes, some pieces were determined by how big the original piece was. Others are because I got mildly carried away and cut them small. I will be interested to see how long a piece lasts at this size. But I am excited as the idea of working through all these soaps.

If you are curious the soaps I cut up are:
Respect Your Elders
Figs & Leaves
Bohemian
(Don’t know the name of the last one, but it looked like a UK Post box)

I would love to see how you store your soaps! I am a mild collector and would love to see how you store yours!

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18 Before 2018 – Update 1

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The first month of this project pan is done and dusted! I am excited to see what progress I have made. Just as I was taking the photos for this post, I realised there were some products I have hardly touched, so during March I am going to make a bigger effort to use those products!

Lip Balms

I used up only 1 lip balm this month and I am still super happy about it, as it is still the start of down-sizing my collection. Something that bothered me though is I swear I found another 3-5 floating around. So hopefully I can really start to dent this collection.Wearing lip balm at work has really been helping, so hopefully I can add more used lip balms to the collection next month.

Finished: Maybelline Baby Lips – Watermelon

Foundations

I have almost finished up my NARS All Day Luminous foundation and I am so happy about that! By the end of next month I will easily have that finished and will be well onto my way on the next one. I am moving onto the Australis Stay Put Foundation to use for work.

Hand Cream

Another category that I used up a product in! I think the one I was using though had expired as it was not as nice as I remember it being when I first started using it. But either way it is finished! I am finding that I am quickly working out which hand creams I like, and which ones just don’t work for me.

Finished: Soap and Glory Hand Food

Mascara

I finished a mascara and straight up threw one out because I hated it. I finally tried the Rimmel London mascara that had argon oil in it and just HATED IT. I don’t have much trouble with mascaras, but this transfered on me, and it was not even a hot day. I have moved on to other mascaras and I find that I am really missing my Tarte Lights Camera Lashes mascara, so I might have to make a Tarte order to have it back in my life.

Finished: Tarte Lights Camera Lashes, Rimmel London

Jeffree Star Cosmetics – Redrum

I used this once this month, so there isn’t really much for me to comment on. Sorry!

Sample Lip Products

I have been wearing these, but so far have not really made a dent in them. It is a little hard when I am working most of the time, or just staying home. But if I am just out doing errands I will generally reach for one of these. I need to pick one to focus on and see how I go, but hopefully they will start to be finished up.

Femme Fatale Cosmetics – Secret Shiney and Fire Opal (samples)

Left – Starting point         Right – Current

I can’t really tell how much progress I have made with Fire Opal, but that is ok, but I don’t really think I used it much through Feb. Secret Shiney on the other hand is starting to look loved and that makes me so happy! I have used this a lot more then I thought I would and even included it in some future looks, which I think is what has helped the most in using up this product. Either way, it is so nice to be able to see how much of a pigment I have used!

Rimmel London Blush – Pink Rose

I honestly can’t really tell how much I have used, it sort of looks like that pattern is finally starting to go away. So I will take that as a win! I use this everyday I work and that has been the biggest help. I still love this blush and have no problems wearing it all the time!

Urban Decay Naked Palette

Now I remember mentioning in my original post, but I will again, saying that the picture on the left was older then what I had originally started with, but I don’t mind as it still shows just how much I have used. I am so proud of the progress I have made on this palette and continuing to do. I have now switched up what shadows I use for work so hopefully there is more evidence of use in the next update.

Models Prefer NUDE Palette

I’m gonna be honest. I have not used this palette, looked at this palette, or even thought of this palette. Again though, as I mentioned in my original post, I wont really be using this palette until I have worked through my Urban Decay Palette a bit more.

Lipsticks, Lip Liner and Eyeliner

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Rimmel London Red Fever

Honestly have not worn this. I think if I have not touched this by next month I am going to de-clutter it. I have had it for so long and I am clearly just not reaching for it.

M.A.C Mystical Lipstick LE

I am surprised to see progress on this as I do not remember wearing it! Either way, it is nice to see some progress on it. Hopefully I can continue working on it throughout March!

M.A.C. Girl About Town Lipstick

I clearly haven’t worn this lately, but I still love this shade. Sadly, I am not as drawn to pink lipstick as I once was.

Estee Lauder Tea Rose Lipstick

I will be honest, I did wear this in Feb, but not nearly enough to make this much progress, I was out shopping and this wound up while still in the case and so smooshed itself into the lid. I have since cleaned it up, but I suppose this is more my starting point now.

Max Factor Rose Lipliner

I honestly thought I had made less progress than this! I am so excited to see that progress! I am finding that this is actually a really good lip liner. It does not take a lot of product to cover my lips and I am more then happy to wear this by itself.

Rimmel London Nude Eyeliner

The one product I am probably the least surprised to see progress on. I have been making such an effort to work through this and I am glad to see how much that is paying off! Hopefully I can make even more progress next month!

Kat Von D Ink Liner – Trooper

I did use this in Feb for a makeup look, I don’t know how I feel about the felt tip as it did feel like it was drying up on me. But that could have been because of how much shadow I was trying to layer this over. Even then, I am still not a fan of this liner but I want to get my moneys worth!

With that, it brings us to the end of my first update! I am so proud that I have actually made a dent in a few of these items. It gives me real hope that I will be able to work through these products and get rid of a lot by the end of the year!

If you are doing a project pan, I would love to hear about it!

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First Ever Dior Haul

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Because my birthday and Christmas are close to each other, I tend to collect a few gift cards. Normally I just buy something I have been lusting after, or make the cards work to get lots of little things. This time though, I decided to be a bit more adventurous. I wanted to get something that I would never even LOOK at if I did not have the gift cards, and that of course, is a high end brand like Dior. I have heard so many things about Dior that I knew I could not really make a bad choice.

While I knew I would not make a bad choice, I also knew that I did not want to spend too much, seeing as these are products that I normally do not even think about buying (Spoilers, I totally fail at this). I will admit that the woman at the counter sort of suckered me into getting more products, but I do not hold that against her because I regret nothing and she was the nicest sales assistant that I have ever come across!

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Diorskin Nude Air Luminizer 002 ($95)

I don’t have many highlighters in my collection and so I decided to add another one! I also knew that picking up a highlighter would mean that I would have this in my collection for a long time! Which is always desired when you spend so much on a product. I swatched this and instantly fell in love! The powder is stupidly soft and leaves such a beautiful sheen to the skin. The Air Luminizers are not your ‘blinding, shine to the gods’ type of highlighter, which I am actually thankful for, as there are times where I don’t want something that in your face. One thing I have noticed though is that I will need to use a synthetic hair brush as my Nude by Nature brushes have a hard time picking up the product.

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Dior Addict Lip Glow 006 ($49)

I had no intention of picking up a lip product, but I was convinced to do so to get the items you will see in the picture below. I have never tried a lip product as expensive as this before. But DAM! I put this on my lips for the first time today and OMG I get the why people love products like this. I have honestly never had something so nice on my lips. I could easily see myself getting the other two shades in this range. The colour you see is a subtle berry on the lips and I could not be happier with this shade. It is going to be perfect on days were I want a little colour on my lips. Thankfully, you don’t need a lot of this to get the pigment, here’s hoping the Lip Glow lasts me a long time!

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Gift with Purchase (spend $120)

The reason I bought the lip product was to get this beautiful gift set. I did not plan to spend so much in my first shop, BUT I have no regrets as this gives me a chance to try more Dior products. I sadly wont be using the skin care products or the perfume for a while, as I plan to use them on my up-coming holiday. That red lipstick though, oooh boy I am excited to start using that! I am also in LOVE with the bag, my first every experience with a Dior bag. I had never even touched one, and now I can see why people love them. I get the Estee Lauder gift bags all the time, but this is hands down the nicest makeup bag I now own. I never want to lose this and I never want it to get dirty!

The woman at the counter let me know that these gift bags happen twice a year and are unadvertised, so do not be afraid to ask when they are having a gift with purchase. Because if you are new to Dior like I was, get a gift gives you more bang for your $$$.

I was so thankful to the sales assistant as she also gave myself and Pastels Sparkles a whole heap of perfume samples! So now I am truly set for skin care and perfumes while on holiday!

Please leave me a comment below on which high end brands you want to try! Or even which are your favourite products so I can keep an eye out in the future.

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